Smart tips for saving energy at home
THE LIVING ROOM
- Turn off the light when you leave the room
Don’t leave lamps on if you don’t need the light and turn them off when you leave the room.
- Replace your light bulbs
By replacing your light bulbs with low-energy lamps or LED lamps, you can decrease the amount of electricity you use
- Turn off the TV and computer with the power switch
Your TV, computer and other kinds of electricity use energy even in standby mode. Make it a habit to always turn them completely off.
- Unplug your chargers
As long as the mobile charger remains in the socket, it draws power, even if the mobile is disconnected. It is also a fire risk. Make it a habit to unplug your charger when you don’t need it for charging.
- Use a power strip so that you can easily switch things off
Use a power strip so that you can easily switch off several things at once. It is not only energy efficient, but also very convenient – you can turn off all things at once and you always know where the charger is.
- Do the washing up in a smarter way
Avoid washing dishes by hand under running hot water and scrape off your plate rather than rinsing it under running water.
- Defrost the freezer
Defrost the freezer 2-3 times annually. Clean the backside of the fridge and freezer. This will decrease energy use and prevent fire hazards.
- Boil water in the kettle
Use the kettle to boil water for potatoes, eggs and vegetables. Then you can just add the hot water to the pot on the stove.
- Let your food cool down
If hot food is placed in the fridge, unnecessary energy will be used to cool it down, so let your food cool down before you put in the fridge.
- Heat small portions in the microwave
It’s smarter to use the microwave oven than the regular oven if you are only heating a small portion of food.
- Turn the tap off
Don’t let the tap run while you are washing your hands or brushing your teeth
- Fill the washing machine
It takes almost as much energy to wash a sweater as to wash a full machine. Try not to wash if you cannot fill an entire machine.
See our simple tricks on how you can wash in a way that is better for the environment.
- Shower quickly and efficiently
The average Swede disposes of approximately 200 litres of water per day. We use a third to stay clean and fresh.
- Wash at 30 or 40 degrees instead of 60 degrees – then you halve the energy consumption.
- Air-dry your laundry
Try to avoid dryers that use a lot of energy.
- Pull down the blinds in the evening
Curtains and blinds help keep the cold out and you can keep the heat in your room.
- Don’t block the radiators
Don’t place larger furniture such as a bed, wardrobe/chests of drawers or thick curtains in front of the radiator, as this prevents the heat from spreading into the room.
- Air your home and create a cross breeze
Air out your rooms in a short and efficient way and preferably by creating cross breezes.
- Switch off and disconnect
Don’t forget to turn off your devices when you go to bed and don’t let your mobile phone or iPad charge during the night.